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Alaska is a tremendously beautiful state to live in yet that high quality of living does come with a steep price. Nursing homes in Alaska are priced well above the national average, making it difficult for your average senior to afford. Assisted living and senior retirement communities are cheaper, on average.

The high cost for Alaska nursing homes is partly due to a shortage of nurses and qualified personnel. While the health care is strong in Alaska, there are fewer nurses and doctors in this secluded state compared to the continental United States. As a result, the prices for skilled nursing facilities in Alaska are driven up by the shortage of staff.

The vast majority of long-term care facilities in Alaska are located in the Anchorage area, which accounts for nearly half of the state population. Anchorage is also the best bet to find affordable nursing homes in Alaska that accept Medicaid and Medicare. The rural parts of the state are outrageously expensive, again because of a shortage of skilled staff that lives and works in the area.

Alaska has emerged as an underrated state for seniors largely because it does not levy income or sales tax on residents, as well as does not tax pension or social security income. It is a tax-friendly state even if though its rehabilitation and nursing home costs are far from affordable.

Alaska Nursing Home Costs

Expensive housing is not just restricted to retirement facilities in Alaska. Overall, it costs more than 33 percent to live here as compared to other states and utility costs, driven by cold temperatures, are roughly 1.5 times higher than the national average.

The average cost for a semi-private room at a nursing home in Alaska is $700 per day. Compared to the national average of $225 per day, this is nearly three-times more expensive. The most affordable rates for skilled nursing can drop as low as $400 in the Anchorage area. For the most part, expect remarkably high prices as the average semi-private room in Alaska skilled nursing facilities ranges between $232,500 per year in the Anchorage area to $285,000 per year in rural settings.

Alaska Nursing Home / Skilled Nursing - Amenities

It is true that the typical long-term care facility in Alaska is pricey. However, that cost does come with premium elderly care facilities throughout the state. The number of amenities provided for residents at these complexes is exceptional.

The food and service at Alaska nursing homes are usually outstanding, with high quality three course meals served daily. The meals are well-balanced with all the essential nutrients, and dining times allow for opportunities to interact with other residents in a comfortable setting.

Whether selecting a semi-private or private room, staff does its best to ensure cozy rooms that also allow for you to bring certain personal belongings with you to keep in the room.

Gardening and other outdoor activities are provided during the summer, while an excellent variety of indoor activities during the colder months deliver a nice balance of physical, creative, educational and social interaction.

Some of the best nursing homes in Alaska also feature a beauty salon, barber shop, chapel, TV room, lounge area and more.

Who are Alaska Nursing Homes for?

Alaska nursing homes are ideal for residents that prefer an out of the way, quiet setting. Even if you don’t venture outdoors much, the windows at many Alaska nursing homes overlook phenomenal views of nature with high peaks and wildlife sightseeing opportunities.

Residents at Alaska elderly care facilities are treated with the utmost respect thanks to the high-quality staff that is supportive, caring and friendly. Alaska may have a shortage of nurses and doctors yet the ones that do opt to live here are excellent.

Nursing and Retirement Homes in Alaska

There are a total of 18 nursing homes in Alaska that Alaska senior citizen residents can take advantage of. Alaska nursing facilities can be part of larger nursing care communities, including continuing care, dementia or Alzheimer's care communities. Most skilled nursing facilities in Alaska will provide older adults with both long term care as well as short term rehabilitative nursing care. Most Alaska nursing homes accept Medicaid and all will accept private pay. All nursing facilities throughout Alaska state that you can locate through Senior Guidance are officially licensed by Medicare. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

Additional senior living options in Alaska:

Assisted Living in Alaska Senior Housing in Alaska Alzheimer's Care in Alaska

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